Dear BrightSide Followers, It’s time for me to say “Goodbye” to BrightSide, to all of you and to Central Oregon. I am leaving this month to pursue new endeavors out of the area. Some of these endeavors will keep me close to animal welfare as a whole others will bring new adventures. I leave BrightSide with many memories-some joyful and some painfully sad. We all did our best to save every animal that came our way. We were more successful than not, most often. We have come a long way these past six years. I am very proud of our high save mission and the many programs, such as our veterinary program and behavior program, that we started in order to provide the best possible chance of successful lives for our beloved animals. Our thrift store is thriving, our bottles and cans program is growing every year, and our fundraisers and events are doing better than ever. Our Pet Pawlooza, coming up in June, looks to be a great event with lots of fun for everyone. BrightSide is in a good place and my wish is that all of you will continue to support the animals of BrightSide with your volunteer work, your donations, and by adopting our wonderful animals into your homes. Thank you and best wishes to all of you. You will be forever in my heart. Chris Bauersfeld Executive Director